TMT in Colombia

Brigard Urrutia

Brigard Urrutia‘s five-strong team has ‘extensive experience’ and is ‘always up-to-date on the important topics of the industry’, with the department advising local and foreign telecommunications, satellite, technology, and content services providers on their entrance and participation in the Colombian market. Practice head Sergio Michelsen has been an active practitioner in projects that involve complex regulatory and transactional issues, and has recently led on advice to The Walt Disney Company on the rollout of its Disney+ video-on-demand streaming-service in the country. At associate level, seniors Andrea Bonnet, who specialises in delivering legal advice on IP, innovation and technology, data protection, privacy rights and telecommunications, and Juan Nicolás Laverde, who provides ‘exceptional customer service in terms of availability, adaptability and giving real added value’, are additional names to note; both have over a decade's experience in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Michelsen

Testimonials

The knowledge and expertise that lawyers have on the different topics they are consulted on is the main reason this practice is unique. Likewise, the clarity with which the ideas are expressed in documentation is a strong point of Brigard Urrutia. Obviously, it compares and far exceeds the teams of other firms.

In general, the Brigard Urrutia team we have worked with is very good. They stand out from the other firms due to the quality of what is delivered and the clarity about some confusing situations.

Brigard Urrutia’s TMT team has extensive experience in these matters and they are always up-to-date on the important topics of the industry.  Additionally, they are easy to access and when faced with a last-minute need, they always find the time to answer our questions.’

‘Everything works in a coordinated and calm way.’

They understand our needs because they know our business perfectly and the story behind everything we do. The concepts they send us are straight to the point we need to solve. They understand that the in-house world works very differently from a law firm and the concepts are made so that they are understood not only by the company’s lawyers but also by the commercial areas that may have to intervene in decisions.

The TMT team, in addition to undertaking deep and solid legal analysis, has the ability to adapt and meet the needs of the in-house lawyer that go far beyond the legal aspect, such as the management of internal stakeholders.  I was amazed at their ability to quickly understand the issue and review. Juan Nicolás Laverde provides exceptional customer service in terms of availability, adaptability and giving real added value. Juan Nicolas has also surrounded himself with an excellent team composed of Andrea Cristina Bonet and Luis Felipe Garcia who are aligned with providing excellent service.

Key clients

Hughes Network Systems

The Walt Disney Company

HBO Latin America Group

TikTok

Zoom Video Communications

Facebook

Nubank

Globalstar

CenturyLink Colombia

Intelsat Global Service Corporation

Work highlights

  • Providing legal and regulatory advice to Hughes Network Systems in connection with the provision of satellite-enabled broadband internet access services.
  • Advising The Walt Disney Company on the rollout of its Disney+ video-on-demand streaming-service in the country.
  • Advising TikTok, Inc in connection with the legal implications of its video-sharing social networking service, particularly from privacy, consumer protection, content moderation, content monetisation, and intermediary liability standpoints.

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados

Durán & Osorio Abogados Asociados’ six-strong practice group is co-led by Carlos Andrés Sánchez García and Álvaro Mauricio Durán Leal, who both advised the ICT Ministry on two of its most relevant projects: procuring a new registry operator for Colombia's top level domain and the auction of IMT radio spectrum. Other matters include the permanent representation of Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC) on the application of the legal framework and procurement processes. Another name to note is that of senior associate Gigliana Rivero Ramirez, who has ‘the expertise and knowledge to attend to issues’ and is a key member of the TMT-specialised team.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Andrés Sánchez García; Álvaro Mauricio Durán Leal

Testimonials

Durán and Osorio have a very good knowledge of telecommunications and their high degree of specialisation is evident. It is not knowledge derived from corporate transactions of telecommunications companies, rather, they know the detail of the regulatory aspects. The work we have done with them has been very good and they have responded quickly; I would not hesitate to collaborate with this firm on any TMT regulatory issue.

Without a doubt, their best quality is how they treat clients – it is sincere, fast and friendly. It also goes beyond the typical formality of the lawyer. They also have flexibility when it comes to pricing and their regulatory knowledge makes them stand out for when there is a specific need for TMT issues.

Communication with them has always been very good and I have noticed that there is a higher level of decision from lawyers who perhaps before had to consult things with a partner. This is the case of Gigliana Rivero who is more outgoing and fortunately they have given her a higher level of responsibility and more freedom to interact with clients. That is very good because she has the expertise and knowledge to attend to issues.’

Key clients

ICT Ministry (MinTIC)

Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC)

Microsoft Colombia

Hughes Network Systems / EchoStar Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the ICT Ministry on the structuring and the procurement of the registry operation contract for  Colombia’s top level domain .CO and its related matters.
  • Advised EchoStar on the registry of EchoStar XXIV before the Colombian government.
  • Advised the Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC) on the application of the legal framework and procurement processes.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S.

Baker McKenzie S.A.S. is a significant player in Colombia’s TMT legal market, with the team providing comprehensive advice on regulatory and practical matters arising in relation to telecom, the digital economy, and data and consumer protection laws. Recent matters include assisting SpaceX on the requirements established under both Colombian law and Andean Community regulations for the provision of satellite-telecommunications services. The ‘excellentCarolina Pardo leads the team and has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on TMT-related matters. Key support on competition, data protection and compliance is provided by senior associate Angelica Navarro Acevedo; but specialist associate Mariana Camacho  (‘great service and knowledge in the area’) left to undertake her LLM in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

María Carolina Pardo Cuéllar

Testimonials

Speed ​​and precision.

Maximum detail, great insistence and accompaniment until we reach the objective, making the goal theirs as well.

What makes Baker McKenzie’s TMT practice unique is that it provides comprehensive advice to its clients across the spectrum spanning their area. Proof of the high quality of this team is that its clients are the leading technology companies. There is no doubt that Baker McKenzie stands out from its competition, particularly in this area they are a leading firm in Colombia that has wide recognition and prestige.’

Baker McKenzie stands out for having a web portal that towers above those of other firms, its quality as an international firm has allowed it to have a data system and platforms connected with its headquarters and other offices worldwide. Additionally, their hiring, events and news systems are managed through efficient digital platforms that are characterised by having a user-friendly interface.’

Carolina Pardo has undertaken an excellent job as leader of the TMT area of ​​Baker McKenzie Colombia. Under her leadership the area has become the most recognised in the market in relation to data protection matters, she is one of the most qualified and suitable Colombians in the sector. On the other hand, it is also worth highlighting the work of Mariana Camacho who provides great service, she is recognised for her great knowledge in the area, her quality and for being also one of the leaders in TMT in the country.

Great sense of urgency and practical point of view; Carolina Pardo.’

The team has excellent knowledge about the area concerned (compliance in general and, especially, privacy/data protection).

We’d highlight their competence, experience and knowledge of the topics on which  they were consulted. The lawyers with whom we have had contact for these issues are: Carolina Pardo, Mayra Alejandra, Mariana Camacho.

Key clients

Rappi Colombia

Motorola

SpaceX

Bandwidth

Airbnb

SES

Twitter

Sprint Corporation

PayPal

CSL Behring

Endava

Jones Lang Lasalle

Wells Fargo

ICU Medical

Telefónica International Wholesale Services

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bandwidth with a telecommunications due diligence operation related to the acquisition of Voxbone, a global cloud communications service provider.
  • Assisted SpaceX on the requirements established under both Colombian Law and Andean Community regulations for the provision of satellite-telecommunication services.
  • Advised Motorola on both the practical approach to corporate compliance, (covering criminal, data privacy and telecommunications angles among others), and the relevant legal framework.

CMS Rodríguez-Azuero

The team at CMS Rodríguez-Azuero has a ‘solid knowledge, excellent predisposition to work and very good coordination’, and handles a wide range of technology, digital transformation, and telecommunication matters. Recent highlights saw the team advising LifeMiles on several issues including data protection and the structuring and implementation of new business lines. ‘Excellent’ practice head Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla is praised for his expertise in telecommunications and internet law, and advises on a range of matters related to disruptive technologies, big data, artificial intelligence, fintech, cyber-security, start-ups and telecommunications regulatory issues. Specialist senior associate María Camila Piedrahita advises national and international clients on a broad range of  TMT matters; she is ‘proactive and always attentive to the client’s needs’.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla

Testimonials

It is a great work team, with solid knowledge, excellent predisposition to work and very good coordination. The solidity of their training, the ability to work together and the good treatment.

Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla is a great professional and an even better person with whom it is a pleasure to work. María Camila Piedrahita is also an excellent lawyer, proactive and always attentive to the client’s needs. The team’s understanding of our business models is crucial, and better than that of most firms. Its experience in the technology field is felt through the confidence with which the team gives counsel to our company. I would suggest data protection is the team’s number one strength, and that they are probably among the strongest in the country in this field.

Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla is an excellent lawyer with outstanding capabilities to understanding technology business models and identifying their intersection with various areas of law.

María Camila Piedrahita is an outstanding lawyer with excellent understanding of data protection law on top of the ability to teach it in understandable ways -even to non-lawyers – and she is definitely proactive towards us as the firm’s client.

The CMS team was very competitive, demanding and efficient in its work, with the significant level of detail necessary for the entrusted activity that served to raise the capacity and level of the company’s internal team.’

A high degree of commitment from the entire team, from the partner, senior and junior associates, which is not always found at all firms. Likewise, a deep knowledge of the subject was evidenced at all levels, which shows the standardisation and general studiousness of the firm and all its lawyers.

‘Outstanding attorneys: parnter Lorenzo Villegas-Carrasquilla; senior associate María Camila Piedrahita and junior associate María Alejandra Soler.

The consultancy involved many hours of work in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team in the company, which was achieved 100% virtually. The ease of converting face-to-face consultations to a virtual model immediately and without incident is highlighted, in fact, I believe that in the end it was a benefit for the development of the entrusted activity. Likewise, although there was an agreement regarding person/hours, when it was necessary to extend it – without additional costs – this was not an impediment and all activities were managed.

Highlighted: Service provision, availability to meet customer requirements, delivery time, expertise.’

Key clients

Google

Beat

Publicis

Casa Editorial El Tiempo

Credibanco

Zafin

Warner

Adobe

Pharma market

Electrolux

Work highlights

  • Permanent advice to Google regarding all commercial/TMT law and litigation matters in Colombia.
  • Advising transport app Beat on data protection compliance and regulatory matters including internet intermediaries’ regulation in Colombia, as well as assistance on responses for users right to petition and advice regarding litigation.
  • Advising Credibanco (a financial entity) on the queries and permanent discussions raised by the Ministry of ICT, ass well as advice regarding the differences between information services and telecommunications services.

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA)

The ‘highly organised’ team at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) covers the full range of telecoms, technology and media matters, with recent mandates including advising SIIGO on compliance with the Colombian data protection legal framework and DiDi Chuxing on the application of Colombia’s data protection laws. IP, media, internet and ‘new tech’ specialist Mauricio Jaramillo Campuzano leads on all matters with close support from senior associate Andrés Fernández De Castro, who focuses on telecommunications, data protection and technology. the team was further strengthened with the arrival of telecoms, data privacy and IT associate Andrés Meza from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Jaramillo Campuzano; Andres Fernandez de Castro

Testimonials

A solid and reliable practice that has now become my go-to for Colombian data privacy matters. Andrés Fernández de Castro Muñoz was efficient and required very little supervision from us (as instructing and coordinating counsel). It was a pleasure to work with him.

Despite the size of the firm, lawyers in the different practice areas transmit closeness to clients and knowledge of detail.

It is a highly organised team with an adequate service structure for the client’s needs and creative solutions to legal problems.

‘This team has the following qualities: 1. They have the required technical knowledge, 2. They understand the client’s needs so their advice is adjusted to what is required in practice and 3. They respond extremely fast which is fundamental in the technology industry. They make the client feel as if their issues are the most relevant and they’re concerned about going that extra mile and providing a service that really serves to solve the situations presented. Furthermore, they are extremely reasonable in terms of billing, which is why they become, rather than allies, an extension of the company’s in-house team.

In general, they have international level technology which facilitates the flow of work and they are also very involved in issues of the tech industry, which allows them not only to be aware but also to lead several of the most important regulatory discussions.’

Key clients

Honeywell

DiDi Chuxing

Partners Telecom Colombia

Bavaria (AB Inbev)

Sac Be Ventures

Sistemas Colombia (Globant)

International Game Technology (IGT – formerly known as GTECH)

SIIGO

Icollantas (Michelin)

BT Latam

ATC Sitios (American Tower Corporation)

Bancoomeva (GECC Group)

Tetra Pak

Termobarranquilla

Donuts

Work highlights

  • Permanent legal advice on the obligations derived from the provision of telecommunications services in Colombia.
  • Assisting DiDi Chuxing with multiple practice areas, such as advising on the application of Colombia’s Data Protection Legal Framework and on this regulation’s main requirements.
  • Ongoing advice to Partners Telecom Colombia (Novator) since its initial consideration of the possibility of investing in the Colombian telecommunications market.

Avante Abogados

Avante Abogados has a strong focus on telecommunications and e-commerce law for a client roster that includes Philip Morris International, Coca-Cola FEMSA, and DirectTV, among others. The ‘excellent’ practice group is co-led by Juan David Gutiérrez and Carlos Esguerra, who both have experience working with multinational corporations and government organisations and jointly manage all matters. Recent highlights saw the team assist Alpina with all its data protection-related matters in Colombia. The practice was strengthened in August 2020 with the hire of associate Ana María Mesa from Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, replacing consulting associate María Angélica De La Hoz who left firm the same month.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Esguerra; Juan David Gutiérrez

Testimonials

The most important novelty of Avante Abogados is that it combines legal professionals with economics professionals, making it possible for them to position themselves as a firm with expanded and interdisciplinary capabilities and knowledge about market law and TMT.

Partner Carlos Esguerra stands out among his peers in Colombia for the knowledge and experience he has in handling complex TMT and competition matters. His closeness to the client, the interdisciplinarity of his team and his experience at various entities of the Colombian State make him stand out and differentiate himself very clearly from lawyers who do not have the aforementioned experience.

‘Comprehensive support for the application and compliance of the regulation on the handling of personal data. The Avante team is concerned with understanding the dynamics and needs of the business in order to offer alternatives that effectively generate value for the company and are actually applicable. They are an excellent team, super accessible, they do an impeccable job, so this effectively compares favourably with other firms.

Carlos and Juan David are very organised, schematic and respond very quickly, always approaching queries from the perspective of business needs and with a multidisciplinary approach; that is, they do not limit themselves to basing their opinions or concepts on habeas data regulations (a subject on which they have advised us) but also on other interrelated regulations that are relevant for the correct and real compliance with the law.

Juan David Gutiérrez is outstanding. We love working with him because he is a lawyer with a firm grasp of the issues and has excellent handling with the client and relationships with his team. He is fast, efficient and gives a lot of reassurance in the depth of the topics.

We receive advice on the treatment of information and personal data. Avante Abogados has extensive experience and a reputation for its mastery of the subject of personal data. The quality of the advice is excellent and the desire to know the business and fit into the corporate culture in order to generate an excellent result was notable. They delivered a new due diligence methodology and action plan tailored to the specific needs of the company.

Knowledge and experience in handling the rules that regulate personal data. The firm’s intention of always wanting to know the client’s business in depth, and its processes, so as to be able to make an analysis adjusted to the client’s needs. The personalised and always available attention of the partner Juan David Gutiérrez.

They have all the vitality and drive of a young team eager to satisfy customers.

Speed ​​and the ability to partner with other firms and other lawyers.’

We’d highlight one of the firm’s main partners Juan David Gutiérrez for his talent and ability.

The Avante Abogados team is excellent. It has a huge advantage over other teams and that is that the partner who leads the issues has very good knowledge of the issues that he handles, personally attends to inquiries quickly and efficiently and is pending that the procedures are carried out.

The speed of response to the client’s requirements and doing so in a deep and complete way.

It is a boutique firm and the work is personalised and detailed. They contribute beyond what was agreed.

Key clients

Aerocivil (Civil Aeronautics Authority of Colombia)

Minera Quebradona (AngloGold Ashanti Colombia)

Disagro and Precisagro

Central Comercializadora De Internet

Rizik Advisory

Wiggin LLP

Philip Morris International

Coca-Cola FEMSA

Advocat

Lamitech and Primadera (Grupo Sanford)

Alpina

Group Novus

DirectTV

Estudio Trevisan

ADDI

Grupo Roble

Work highlights

  • Advised Civil Aeronautics Authority of Colombia (Aerocivil) on a high-profile regulatory procedure with a strong legal discussion related to competition law in the sector of ‘online flight booking services’.
  • Advising Alpina on all its data protection-related matters in Colombia; including a full scale audit, reviewing the company’s general data protection policies and practices, drafting data related contracts, and helping design the company’s data protection system for upcoming projects (which entail e-commerce and/or the use of mobile platforms).
  • Advised Central Comercializadora de Internet on the .CO domain administrator public-bidding process (official estimated value of $30m).

ECIJA

The former Márquez Barrera Castañeda Ramírez (MBCR) became ECIJA Colombia  in May 2021 following its association with Spanish firm -and telecoms heavyweight- ECIJA, which now has a presence in 14 jurisdictions across the Latin American region. MBCR had already made a name in the market on the back of its regulatory expertise in TMT and entertainment law, but had experienced personnel movement prior to the tie-up. Former practice co-head Natalia Barrera Silva moved in house as regional director of business and legal affairs at Netflix in October 2020, which also saw the arrival of IP and entertainment law specialist Patricia Renjifo (former founder of specialist consultancy Ley en Moviminento) as partner and practice co-head; and Victor Cuéllar Olarte (fomerly legal and public affairs director for Colombia at American Tower) as of counsel. Renjifo co-heads  team with competition specialist Pablo Márquez (a former chairman of Colombia’s Commission for Communications Regulation), and contentiois specialist Julio Castañeda who handles both litigation and representation before regulatory authorities in the sector. Key support is provided by of counsel Pablo Onofre (merger control and antitrust, ICT law, and privacy & data protection); and senior associate Andrés Paillié (consumer protection, media, IP and entertainment law). As evidenced in a client roster that includes Foxtelecolombia, CMO Producciones and MediaPro, the practice has particular strength in media and entertainment. Recent matters include advising MercadoLibre (and payment processor MercadoPago) on regulatory matters, e-commerce regulation, privacy law and consumer law, among other matters.

Key clients

Telefonica

ACN

SoyYo

Mercado Libre Colombia

American Towers Corporation

Samsung Colombia

Celsia

Airbnb

Jaguar Bite

CMO Producciones

MediaPro-Televideo

Camino

1TPE Comunicaciones Colombia

Lloreda Camacho & Co.

With a longstanding and comprehensive TMT practice, Lloreda Camacho & Co. provides corporate, commercial, regulatory and commercial advice to an impressive client roster in the telecoms, tech, media and entertainment, and financial sectors. The firm is the primary adviser to América Móvil subsidiary, Claro Colombia, and senior partner Gustavo Tamayo (director of the firm’s dispute resolution, TMT and contracts practice areas) is currently leading representation of the company in ICSID arbitration against the State. Other matters include representation of TelSat Canada, particularly on regulatory matters and before the Ministry of ICT. Tamayo co-leads the practice with IP partner Tatiana Carrillo, head of the firm’s trade mark and copyrights department, who also advises on licensing and social media matters. Promoted to director of the privacy, data protection and commercial contracts’ practices in May 2021, María Alejandra De Los Ríos provides key support; however former senior associate and TMT practice head Juan Manuel Ojeda moved in house at Claro Colombia in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Tamayo ; Tatiana Carrillo

Key clients

Claro Colombia (America Movil)

Telesat Canada (and local affiliate Anik Colombia)

Herbalife

McCann Erickson

Gilat Colombia

Claro Brasil

AnyDesk Software

Work highlights

BBGS ABOGADOS

The team at BBGS ABOGADOS has ‘extensive knowledge’ in the television, digital media, advertising, promotions, gaming, software and data protection industries, with the team advising prestigious well-known TV and media production companies, broadcasters, and multinational agencies. Myriam Montenegro, Felipe Rubio, and founding partner Luis Felipe Barrios co-head the seven-strong practice, representing an array of clients which includes Amazon Studios, Sony, and Samsung Electronics Colombia, among others. Recent matters include advising Axn Colombia Networks on gaming regulations and conditions to carry out ability and skill games related to the television series Shark Tank.

Practice head(s):

Luis Felipe Barrios; Myriam Montenegro; Felipe Rubio

Testimonials

I do not know of other firms, but this firm has supported me in the drafting of the contracts that I have requested, providing advice and guidance until satisfaction. Myriam Montenegro has been crucial to my requests.

The experience of the team was evident as we were receiving their services. It is a pretty agile team in the analysis and delivery of the concepts that are requested, without neglecting the detail and analytical level that is expected.

The plus of this team is that they have an excellent disposition and that there is always a partner fully aware of the subject, who participates in meetings and/or calls, which allows the client to have the peace of mind that the concept they deliver is a complete concept, duly analysed and accurate.

It is a completely affordable team, which provides constant collaboration to its clients; the billing is quite competitive with its competitors and the personalisation of its services is much better than that of other firms.

Myriam Montenegro is a person who has a transversal knowledge that allows an extraordinary analysis of topics. Her interdisciplinary experience ensures that her concepts go beyond what is proposed and are nevertheless fairly affordable. Conversations with her are fluid and her approaches always allow the analysis to be understood without one being a lawyer.

It is an agile and fast service, with extensive knowledge on the subject. For me the most important value is their agility and good customer service.

Key clients

Amazon Studios

Asociación Colombiana de Medios de Información (AMI)

Teleset

Sony Pictures Television International

Mullenlowe SSP3

Plural Comunicaciones (CANAL 1)

Samsung Electronics Colombia

Abbott Laboratories De Colombia

Axn Colombia Networks

MBA

Dirtykitchen

Púlsar Studios

Work highlights

  • Advised Amazon Studios on legal matters regarding the development stage of six TV series in three different Latin-American countries (to date).
  • Advising Samsung Electronics de Colombia on a number of legal matters regarding gaming regulations and conditions to carry out ability and skill games.
  • Advised Axn Colombia Networks in some legal matters regarding gaming regulations and conditions to carry out ability and skill games related to the television series Shark Tank.

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos has a longstanding reputation in the telecommunications industry, with the ‘highly desirable’ team handling an impressive array of clients including BT, LG and CrediBanco. Partner Alfonso Miranda Londoño is a well-known practitioner in telecommunications and recently led on assistance to GoDaddy in part of the merger by which it acquired the country code top level domain (CCTLD), ‘.co’. Juan Carlos Esguerra, Andrés Jaramillo Hoyos; and Andrés Felipe Yáñez are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Miranda Londoño; Juan Carlos Esguerra; Andrés Jaramillo Hoyos; Felipe Piquero Villegas

Testimonials

They are friendly and efficient at the same time. Effective negotiators, conciliators but firm in representing their clients.

They are competitive compared to any firm with which we have worked in Colombia or abroad. We have operations in Mexico, Peru, Chile and we use law offices in the USA. This firm is “second to none”.

Alfonso Miranda Londoño. He is a Latin American benchmark in competition law. Academic, professor of the area, founder of the research centre on the subject, litigator and negotiator in this broad field. The best I have ever met in the sector.

Juan Carlos Esguerra in public law, he is one of the founding fathers since he co-wrote the constitution of the country and created an action that changed the history of Colombian law (the tutela); he shares the virtues of Alfonso.

The team that supports them, such as Dr Andrés Jaramillo or Felipe Yañez, have been trained in that school and share their skill, discretion and efficiency.’

The approach to the client is one-to-one, with “tailor made actions”. They follow up on the cases, suggest procedural alternatives and seek that the deals are given.

Their billing is fair, clear and precise, we have never had any doubts about their bills, in close to 30 years working with them.’

The combination of disciplines to address the issues is novel. Commercial law from the competition perspective, and technology in its interaction with public and private law.

The clarity, transparency, friendliness and efficiency make them a highly desirable team for corporations wanting a one-stop legal shop, so to speak.

Key clients

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Universo Mascotas

GoDaddy

BT Latam

Axesat

Cummins de los Andes

ETB

LG

Ruedaz

CrediBanco

Work highlights

  • Advised on aspects of the transaction by which GoDaddy acquired the ccTLD “.co” from Neustar.
  • Legal advisor of Gilat Group (companies incorporated in Colombia, Israel and Peru) in the public bids opened by Fondo de las Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones and Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones, first, under the name of Accesos Rurales (rural accesses), and subsequently as Digital Centers.

Gómez Consultores

The team at Gómez Consultores advises a high-profile client roster -that includes Caracol Televisión, RCN Televisión, Redeban Multicolor, and Servibanca, among others- on regulatory issues and complex disputes, including litigation and arbitration. Founding partner and director Juan Carlos Gómez regularly advises television networks, financial entities, and internet providers and has 30 years' experience in TMT law. Juan Sebastián Gómez Castro focuses on media and telecommunications law, advising technological platforms, private television channels and private equity funds. Associate Juanita Fernández Gómez is another name to note, primarily advising on disputes and administrative sanctioning procedures.

Practice head(s):

Juan Carlos Gómez; Juan Sebastián Gómez

Testimonials

Gómez Consultores is a boutique firm whose attention is personalised and whose main partner, Juan Carlos Gómez, has worked in the television and telecommunications sector for more than 35 years, which has made him a participant in the permanent updating of the sector. His trajectory in companies in and recognition by authorities in the sector is widely known.

The plus of the firm is undoubtedly Juan Carlos Gómez’s knowledge of the sector, of which he was a public official at the beginning of his professional career and who has participated in all technological and legislative development since then. I emphasise the personal treatment, which is always cordial and timely.’

Juan Sebastián Gómez has accompanied us in recent years at the firm with very good results and impeccable professional work.

The main characteristic of the firm is its personalised attention and rates that are widely competitive compared to other firms dedicated to the sector. Juan Carlos Gómez’s relationship with his clients is exceptional and, in our case, we have requested permanent advice and support from him before the authorities of the sector for more than 25 years.

The firm is made up of highly specialised professionals in the TMT (technology, media and telecommunications) sector; they have a deep understanding of the entire sector and its institutions, which allows them to have a comprehensive management of any case related to these sectors.

They consolidate in a single office all the legal and regulatory knowledge of this sector and complement it with associated experts who cover technical and economic issues when required.’

They have developed a detailed knowledge of our operation and this allows them a better understanding of our particular and tailored needs in terms of legal advice for our operations.

Availability, attitude towards creating highly effective work teams in conjunction with the client, deep knowledge and extensive experience in the sector, creativity and understanding of technology, experience both in advising and handling litigation and administrative cases with entities in the sector.

They specialise in a vertical sector, TMT, which allows them to have great conceptual depth and deep knowledge of cases and antecedents that are very useful for the legal analysis that they have to carry out.

They have a great understanding of the structure of the different entities that regulate the sector (ICT Ministry, the regulator – CRC, and the spectrum agency – ANE), of the market and of the actors that participate in it.

Excellent capacity for organisation and depth in the detail of the cases.

Its partners and associates complement experience with structured management in an excellent way, allowing the articulation of a multidisciplinary team under a very orderly scheme.

Key clients

Caracol Televisión

RCN Televisión

Servibanca

Redeban Multicolor

Citibank

Energía Integral Andina

Work highlights

  • Prevented RCN TV from paying fines in three administrative investigations conducted by the sectoral authority, TIC.
  • Achieved a ruling from an arbitral tribunal that recognised the existence of a right-of-first-refusal in favour of Caracol Televisión for the transmission rights of the FIFA 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.
  • Represented RCN TV and Caracol TV in a legal proceeding in which the plaintiffs claimed damages as a result of an aircraft collision with its clients’ television towers.

Márquez-Robledo

Márquez-Robledo  Multidisciplinary boutique Marquez-Robledo operates from offices in Bogotá, Medellin and Miami, handling corporate IP, media, advertising and entertainment, media and communications and new tech matters for an impressive roster of clients including Netflix, DirecTV, and Edelman. Managing partner Santiago Márquez Robledo heads the team and represents worldwide clients on entertainment, media and advertising matters. Recent mandates include advising Visa on the execution of the promotional campaign ‘Visa takes you to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games’ in more than 15 countries. Mid-level associate María Alejandra Ahumada provides key support and has expertise in handling complex M&A transactions in the entertainment and advertisement industries.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Márquez

Key clients

WK Records

EXMA

Netflix

DirecTV

Edelman

Miracol Media

Visa

HITN

HAAWK

Detonante

Work highlights

  • Provided training to Netflix about the recent influencers-guide issued by the Colombian media and telecommunications office, as well as advising the company on negotiations with performing rights organisations.
  • Represented DirecTV in negotiations with performing rights oganisations such as SAYCO, ACINPRO, EGEDA and ACTORES regarding the payment of royalties.
  • Advised Visa on the execution of the promotional campaign ‘Visa takes you to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games’ in more than 15 countries.

Posse Herrera Ruiz

The team at Posse Herrera Ruiz provides ‘excellent quality service’, with the practice formed of a multi-disciplinary team covering the full spectrum of IT, media and data protection issues. Ernesto Cavelier and Andrés Montoya co-head the eight-strong team, with associate César Barrera supporting on cases from the technology, media, entertainment and telecommunications sectors. Competition partner Jorge de los Ríos also acts in the sector  in relation to data protection and compliance issues. Recent mandates saw Montoya lead advice to Verizon Colombia on a range of issues including a regulatory audit carried out by the Ministry of Telecommunications, as well as day-to-day regulatory advice on telecomms matters.

Practice head(s):

Ernesto Cavelier; Andrés Montoya

Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is the technical knowledge they have of the different topics and the agility and effectiveness with which they answer their clients’ queries. The Posse team stands out from the rest of the law firms through the quality and level of its partners, in this particular case Jorge Andrés de los Rios, the lead partner of the area. In addition to being an expert on the issues, he is totally business-oriented and finds practical solutions to complex problems. Laura Torrado, who is part of his team, shares the same line of thought and service.

Posse is always at the forefront of collaboration, billing technology. They stand out in relation to other firms.

Normative evaluation, control and monitoring of new regulations, identification of risks, benefits and opportunities; consulting and concept generation.

This firm provides an excellent quality service, especially Mr Jorge de los Rios in the real estate area, who always responds in a timely and very friendly manner.

The work team is very good, very efficient and they provide quality service with excellent customer service.

Key clients

Huawei

Facebook

Amazon

Tigo

Arus

Aon Risk Services

Team Foods Colombia

Verizon Colombia

Phoenix Tower International

Cinepolis

iFood

UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota

Playtech Software Services

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to global technology giant Huawei on the analysis of regulatory changes that might affect their business.
  • Advised Facebook, alongside Eversheds and Hogan Lovells, in relation to employee data protection matters during the pandemic.
  • Advised Amazon in relation to data protection matters in Colombia.

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

The team at Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas stands out for ‘always having the best disposition to attend and support the client’s needs, inquiries and projects’, with the practice focusing on privacy and data protection, e-commerce, consumer protection, cybersecurity and advertising, as well as providing advice on transactional and compliance issues. Head of the firm's regional TMT practice, Juanita Acosta recently led advice to Laboratorios Baxter regarding the implementation of data privacy and compliance programmes in Colombia, Ecuador and Chile. Luz Helena Adarve is highly regarded for advising clients from multiple jurisdictions on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements, licensing, privacy and consumer protection. Senior associates Rocío Ruíz (consumer protection / habes data) , Andrés Orjuela (corporate law, IP and compliance), and associate Carolina Herrera Hincapié are additional names to note. Former senior Lina Londoño Giraldo moved in house at Softys in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Luz Helena Adarve; Juanita Acosta

Testimonials

‘They have a lot of knowledge of the technology industry and personal data protection.

Juanita Acosta has a lot of expertise in matters related to technology and data protection and she is very dedicated to her clients. An excellent professional.

The firm, its partners and teams stand out for always having the best disposition to attend and support the client’s needs, inquiries and projects. One of the greatest strengths of the firm and its team is its human quality and the close attention of the work team and its partners. Juanita Acosta, Luz Elena and Carolina Herrera have always supported us to make the best decisions as a legal team. Their availability and passion for providing the best service, supporting us as clients in making decisions has been fundamental to our becoming leaders in the Colombian market in the provision of BPO services and, above all, to consolidate ourselves with the best results in the year of challenges that was 2020.

Key clients

Laboratorio Baxter

Cine Colombia

Vivy

Teleperformance

Alarm.com

Work highlights

  • Legal advice to Laboratorios Baxter on the implementation of data privacy and compliance programs in Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile.
  • Legal advice on the Vivy’s implementation of services in Colombia -through the Vivy App- to comply with different features related to telemedicine and medical services in the electronic management of health-related data.
  • Assessment for Teleperformance Colombia on the daily request regarding data privacy matters and the performance of data protection impact assessment over approx. 200 operations with clients worldwide, so as to adjust the processes to comply with applicable obligations and internal standards.

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán

DLA Piper Martinez Beltrán is known for its expertise in litigation and TMT proceedings before public authorities, with the practice representing technology start-ups, large scale media and broadcasting companies, multinationals and domestic corporations. Camilo Martinez co-heads the TMT practice, and has expertise in handling high-profile cases and delicate matters. Fellow co-head María Claudia Martínez Beltrán (‘pleasant, intelligent and judicious’), specialises in high-profile media companies, and recently represented TikTok regarding compliance with the country's the data protection regime in the drafting and implementation of a privacy notice for its candidates in Colombia. Associate support in the competition, consumer and data privacy segments comes from senior, Natalia Fernández.

Practice head(s):

María Claudia Martínez; Camilo Martínez

Testimonials

‘They are practical and quick in their responses. María Claudia Martínez is a very good lawyer, pleasant, intelligent and judicious. They are very knowledgeable about regulatory issues, they know and it shows.

‘Lawyers have full knowledge of the legal framework applicable to telecommunications services and the needs of clients, in such a way that it allows them to provide the best legal assistance, sometimes avoiding excessive or unnecessary regulatory compliance.’

‘María Claudia Martínez (partner) and Natalia Fernández (associate) are the attorneys with whom I have worked on TMT issues. Both have an extraordinary knowledge of the subject and a spectacular response time.

‘Technological innovation is definitely a crucial factor in TMT practice; since the launch of new technologies occurs with greater speed than the regulatory changes aimed at regulating them. Thus, the creative structuring of alternatives for the implementation of novel technologies within the legal framework is an invaluable feature of the TMT team.

‘The firm shows deep knowledge of the subject matter of investigation and in the defense of the interests of the company and managers.’

‘Very prepared lawyers (partner and senior), with high availability to serve the client and give the appropriate guidance and recommendations.’

Key clients

TikTok

Tesla

Airbnb

Amazon Web Services

Twilio

Lexis Nexis

Here Mobility

LGE

Juul

Time Jobs

CornerShop Colombia

Colegium

Advent International Colombia

Masivan

RCN Radio

RCN Televisión

Comunicación Celular (Comcel)

Farrow Ventures

Uber

Sony

Unity

El Tiempo

La Republica

Grupo Aval

Sita

Puntos Leal

Work highlights

  • Legal advisors to TikTok with regard to compliance with the data-protection regime in the drafting and implementation of a privacy notice for its candidates in Colombia.
  • Assisted Amazon with the adoption of adequate policies regarding data-protection compliance schemes in such a way that the company can guarantee the proper processing personal data under Colombian regulation, in transactions and relationships where the Colombian regulation it is applicable.
  • Legal advisors to Airbnb with regard to regulations applicable to its operation in Colombia, including regulatory, consumer protection and data privacy matters.

Marrugo Rivera Asociados

The team at specialist tech law, digital security and data protection boutique, Marrugo Rivera Asociados (founded in 2008), has a ‘quick and practical understanding of customer needs’. Handling computer law, e-commerce and digital security, data protection project-management specialist Ivan Dario Marrugo leads the practice, advising clients such as Sodimac Colombia, Aseguradora Solidaria de Colombia and Grupo Vanti on various matters. Associate director Claudia Elena Escobar leads the firm's Medellín representation and undertakes consultancy on corporate law and the application of new information technologies in the public and private sector, especially in the financial industry.  

Practice head(s):

Ivan Dario Marrugo; Claudia Elena Escobar

Testimonials

Deep and practical knowledge of everything related to Habeas Data. Practical approach without neglecting the conceptual bases of the legal norm. Quick and practical understanding of customer needs.

The Marrugo Rivera & Asociados team is made up of very competent people in the field of personal data protection; they are very good at their job.

Their specialty and seriousness in addressing the various issues for which they are hired.

They offer technology that helps monitor the personal data protection programme in the company.

High experience and knowledge in handling laws related to personal data protection and financial habeas data. Their response time is fast, with personalised attention and kindness.

They have carried out all the necessary training for the understanding of the work team about the reviewer carried out.

Commitment to follow up on observations and proposals.

Kindness, immediate attention and closeness.

Claudia Escobar is always ready to attend to messages, she always has a clear answer at the moment and a complement or reinforcement via email, she has given us a lot of security.

The documents developed have been in accordance with the requests and the reviewer has gone a little further, attending to other important requirements.

Multidisciplinary team, there is a leader for the process but other members of the team are involved in the training to reinforce specific issues.

Key clients

Camara de Comercio de Bogotá

Avicol

Best Way Shop

Netco

CoPeerRight

Do-my

Grupo Vanti

NovoClick

Sodimac Colombia

Aseguradora Solidaria de Colombia

HTMC (Maxim)

Trebol Juridico

PSL

Work highlights

  • Collaborated on the edition and maintenance of the Colombia chapter of Global Privacy Book.
  • Collaborated, as Colombian experts, on the edition of guides for Data Guidance and specific articles.

Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados

With notable developments in the telecommunications sector, as well as working with tech and fintech start-ups, Muñoz Tamayo & Asociados’ engagement in the TMT-sector is first-and-foremost in terms of new tech developments relating to the financial sector, notably in terms of specialist in house software requirements, payment platforms and fin-tech, particularly as regards start-ups and the needs of international companies entering the Colombian market. Managing partner and co-head Diego Muñoz Tamayo is noted for his knowledge and experience across corporate, financial and project structuring; and Felipe Trias is highlighted for applying his extensive experience to new emerging TMT sectors. However, senior associate Fernando Bermúdez moved in house at emergent Colombia payment platform, Kushki, in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Diego Muñoz Tamayo; Felipe Trias Visbal

Key clients

Seaya Ventures Fund

Kushki

3ESI Colombia (Aucerna)

Ciudad Luz Chile

Trina Solar

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic analysis and recommendations regarding the regulatory framework for fintech for Kushki, one of the leading digital payment platforms in Colombia.
  • Worked with 3ESI Colombia on the execution of service agreements to develop software solutions for major oil companies in the country.
  • Providing strategic legal consultancy to support Ciudad Luz Chile’s entry into the Colombian market.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría’s TMT practice provides ongoing regulatory telecommunication advice to local and multinational media and technology companies in all regional legal matters. Practice head Diego Cardona recently led the team in advising Jaguar Land Rover Colombia on its strategic project regarding compliance with data protection laws in Latin America. Associate Andrés Meza departed the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Diego Cardona

Testimonials

Taking into account that RCN Televisión, as a user of the PPU law firm, is engaged in television and audiovisual content production businesses, and related businesses and investments, it requires lawyers who have sufficiently demonstrated experience in these matters and who they are accredited in the sector. In this case, the PPU lawyers who have attended us have extensive knowledge of these matters and it is a duly accredited firm in Colombia, as well as having international associates and correspondents.

The main partner who has attended us is Martín Acero, of whom I can attest to excellent professional references. Additionally, Mr. Acero provides exceptional personal treatment and direct attention to matters, creating an environment of broad trust and credibility.

Melissa Salazar is a lawyer in this work team who provides very important and timely support; she is is equally knowledgeable about the issues and is excellent in terms of treatment of the firm’s clients.

This law firm stands out at the national level for having the most reputable legal professionals in the different branches. The rates of the services they provide are equally appropriate to the market and customer service has always been timely. For these reasons, the firm has the best reputation.

Key clients

Accenture

Abbott Laboratories de Colombia

Jaguar Land Rover Colombia

Discovery

Cochlear Latinoamerica

SAP Colombia

Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena

Drinker Biddle and Reath

Nortesantandereana de Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised Accenture on various aspects of its operations in Colombia, including on all legal aspects regarding a highly sensitive digital transformation agreement with a major airline in Colombia; and compliance with data protection laws in relation to cross-border data flows, and cloud computing requirements in relation with the conpany’s service portfolio for financial institutions.
  • Counsel to SAP on various aspects of its operations in Colombia, inclduing compliance with cybersecurity and data protection laws in relation to the viability of offering cloud-based programs and applications for certain public sector agencies
  • Advised Jaguar Land Rover Colombia on its strategic data-protection compliance project in Latin America.